theducks: (Alex Mountie)
As part of Formerly-Secret Plan Number 5, we're pondering a road trip. Not just any road trip. A massive, 52 day undertaking from Vancouver to Boston for [livejournal.com profile] ursamajor's wedding, and back. It would probably end up with a journal being entitled "There and Back Again" or something very much like it.

I'm pondering the purchase of a Ford Crown Victoria (CAD$5000 for an ex-Police one, 2003 vintage or so). Fuel efficiency isn't that great (8-9km/L highway), but since most Police departments in North America operate them, service and spares would be a piece of cake. Which when you're broken down in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan, is what you want.

One of the routings I've looked at is:

Vancouver BC to Kamloops BC		355 km	
Kamloops BC to Canmore AB		519 km	
Canmore AB to Airdrie AB		133 km	
Airdrie AB to Moose Jaw SK		709 km	
Moose Jaw SK to Winnipeg MB		641 km	
Winnipeg MB to Thunder Bay ON		706 km	
Thunder Bay ON to Kapuskasing ON	610 km		
Kapuskasing ON to North Bay ON		488 km
North Bay ON to Ottawa ON		362 km
Ottawa ON to Montreal ON		194 km
Montreal ON to Quebec City QC		253 km
Quebec City QC to Sherbrooke QC		235 km
Sherbrooke QC to Boston MA		410 km
Boston MA to Schenectady NY		294 km
Schenectady NY to Toronto ON		593 km
Toronto ON to London ON			195 km
London ON to Sarnia ON			107 km
Sarnia ON to Flint MI			114 km
Flint MI to Toledo OH			175 km
Toledo OH to Layfayette IN		343 km
Lafayette IN to St Louis MO		447 km
St Louis MO to Branson MO		409 km
Branson MO to Wichita KS		495 km
Wichita KS to Denver CO			834 km
Denver to Casper WY			445 km
Casper to Bozeman MT			675 km
Bozeman MT to Spokane, WA		640 km
Spokane WA to Portland OR		567 km
Portland OR to Everett WA		326 km
Everett WA to Vancouver BC	  	181 km
Total:					  12455 kms


Over 52 days, this works out to about 450km/day, taking into account multi-day stops in Canmore, Toronto, Montreal, Quebec, Boston, Sarnia, Portland, Lafayette, etc.. And no, we're not stopping over night in Flint Michigan, or Gary Indiana, but we may go through them.

Anyway, this is just a plan. There are factors working against it, like the need to find employment in Vancouver, the cost of it all (about CAN$6000 on top of the car, factoring in insurance, tolls, fuel, accommodation on the way, etc), but hey, it'd be fun, right?

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